Where to File Sales Taxes for Colorado Home Rule Jurisdictions

by Sarah Craig February 19, 2019

If you’ve found yourself wondering, “How do I handle the filings for the Home Rule Cities shown in my Colorado TaxJar report,” you’re not alone.

Colorado is one of 30 states known as a Home Rule state, which can make filing sales taxes complicated. The Colorado Department of Revenue does not currently administer local taxes for Home Rule municipalities and counties, which means business owners must file separate sales tax returns in each of the Home Rule jurisdictions where they conduct business.

What is a Home Rule State?

Because Colorado is a Home Rule state, the individual Home Rule Cities administer their own sales taxes as well as define their own tax bases. To date there are 70+ Home Rule cities within the state that can basically define their own tax rules. Even more, these rules often differ from other jurisdictions administered by the state.

To give you some background, Home Rule states are ones that give flexibility to the municipal governments through Home Rule charters, which are drafted and customized for each unique municipality like a city or town’s government. While some state laws still prevail over a local dispute, there is typically more ability for the city or county to govern itself than non-Home Rule states. Various state constitutions allow for this self-governance, which can have benefits, but also complicate matters around filing sales tax.

How Do Home Rule City Sales Taxes Work?

To explain how Home Rule city sales taxes work, here’s an example. If you’re conducting business in Denver, you’ll need to collect and file Colorado state sales tax. But, you’ll also need to understand the sales tax rates and rules in Denver. In that instance, you have two entities to track and potentially collect for: Colorado state sales tax and Denver sales tax.

If you also have a retail store in Crested Butte, but ship goods to Denver, and live in Colorado, you now have three separate entities with different sales tax rules and rates. As of yet, there is no single resource for you to file all three of those as one collective return.

While TaxJar can AutoFile sales tax in Colorado, it is up to the retailer to collect sales tax in the individual Home Rule towns and cities of Colorado. To simplify this for you, we compiled the contact information for the 73 individual Home Rule cities in Colorado, along with who to contact to file your sales tax or ask questions. TaxJar can help you determine where you owe, and this chart will tell you who and how to remit those sales taxes.

Home Rule City Phone Number
Alamosa 719-589-2593
Arvada 720-898-7100
Aspen 970-920-5043
Aurora 303-739-7000
Avon 888-751-1911
Black Hawk 303-582-2294
Boulder 303-441-3050
Breckenridge 970-453-3182
Brighton 303-655-2041
Broomfield 303-464-5811
Burlington 719-346-8652
Canon City 719-276-5252
Carbondale 970-963-2733
Castle Rock 303-660-1397
Centennial 303-325-8000
Central City 303-289-3628
Cherry Hills Village 303-789-2541
Colorado Springs 719-385-5903
Commerce City 303-582-5251
Cortez 970-564-4011
Craig 970-826-2003
Crested Butte 888-751-1911
Dacono 303-833-2317
Delta 970-874-7908
Denver 720-913-9400
Dillon 303-238-7378
Durango 970-375-5033
Edgewater 720-763-3003
Englewood 888-751-1911
Evans 970-475-1109
Federal Heights 303-412-3540
Fort Collins 970-221-6780
Fort Morgan 970-542-3960
Fountain 719-393-4924
Frisco 970-668-9127
Glendale 303-639-4706
Glenwood Springs 888-751-1911
Golden 303-384-8024
Grand Junction 303-384-8024
Greeley 970-350-9731
Greenwood Village 303-773-0252
Gunnison 970-641-8161
Gypsum 970-524-1753
La Junta 719-384-5991
Lafayette 888-751-1911
Lakewood 303-987-7630
Lamar 719-336-1370
Larkspur 303-681-2324
Littleton 303-795-3768
Lone Tree 303-708-1818
Longmont 303-651-8672
Louisville 303.335.4514
Loveland 970-962-2708
Montrose 970-240-1465
Mt Crested Butte 970-349-6632
 Mountain Village 970-728-8000
Northglenn 303-450-8729
Parker 303-805-3228
Pueblo 719-553-2659
Ridgway 888-751-1911
Rifle 970-665-6447
Sheridan 303-762-2200
Silverthorne 970-262-7300
Snowmass Village 970-923-3777
Steamboat Springs 970-871-8242
Sterling 970-522-9700
Telluride 970-728-2152
Thornton 303-538-7400
Timnath 970-224-3211
Vail 970-479-2125
Westminster 303-658-2400
Wheat Ridge 303-235-2820
Windsor 970-674-2486
Winter Park 970-726-8081
 Woodland Park 719-687-9246

Should you need assistance on which Home Rule jurisdictions you are required to file in, or help with filing those returns, we recommend speaking with a vetted sales tax expert.

TaxJar is here to help you understand where you have economic nexus in Colorado and keep you apprised of the ongoing changes to Colorado’s sales tax responsibilities.

Don’t want to keep up with. changing legislation? TaxJar can recognize Home Rule cities and automate your sales tax so you don’t have to. Start your free, 30-day TaxJar trial today.

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